We are delighted to be joined by pianist Danny Driver and soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal for a colourful programme that interlaces piano music and song written between 1903 and 1917.
Debussy’s stately evocation of ancient Greek art and his mystical conjuring of an evening in Moorish Granada introduce song cycles by Ravel and Falla. The recital closes with Ravel’s piano work Le Tombeau de Couperin, an intimate yet virtuosic homage to French baroque keyboard tradition, and at the same time a memorial to friends and acquaintances killed in the Great War.
Tickets include teas and coffees prior to the performance.
About the Artists
The enthusiasm and appreciation of audiences and critics around the world has cemented Danny Driver’s international repuation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative insight and musical depth. His recordings have earned three Gramophone Award nominations, Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014, and recent selection in the New York Times’ 25 Best Classical Records of 2017. Solo recital invitations bring Driver to concert halls across Europe, Asia and North America, while concerto engagements have taken him to orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and frequent collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In a decade-long relationship with Hyperion Records, Driver has produced an acclaimed solo discography.
Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal (Girona, 1990) graduated from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she also studied the BMus (Hons) and was awarded Artist Fellowship. While opera is her great passion, Laura has a wide range of experience in the UK in festivals and venues such as Cadogan Hall and The Barbican. Laura’s operatic roles include Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, to name a few. Laura has also performed regularly with the Maria Camahort Quintet, a chamber ensemble peforming traditionally rooted Spanish classical music. Onstage, she has received praise for her effortless stage presence with impressive contact focused performance, sure technique and beautiful lyrical line, expressing emotion and warmth.